French company’s top executive helps Kremlin dodge sanctions and seeks Russian citizenship

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Ukrainian intelligence services have established that Philippe Pegorier, a French national who heads a Russian subsidiary of Alstom, acts as an intermediary between the Russian government and French companies to help Russia evade international sanctions.

This is according to Guildhall, referring to a source in Ukrainian intelligence circles.

Pegorier also coordinates pro-Russian politicians and public figures in France, while trying to obtain Russian citizenship, the publication says.

Philippe Pegorier previously worked at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He has held senior positions in the trade and economic missions of the French embassies in Russia, Ukraine and Iran. He was also diplomatic adviser to the President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde (former Managing Director of the IMF), then to the French Minister for Foreign Trade.

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On April 21, Pegorier was elected vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Association of European Business (AEB) in Russia. It is also reported that Pegorier previously applied for Russian citizenship and received consent as part of his service to the country.

Alstom is engaged in the production and transmission of electricity, as well as in the development of rail infrastructure, occupying a leading position in the development of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. The company operates in more than 60 countries around the world, employing approximately 36,300 people.

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